OBITUARIES: Goodrich-Rynearson, Frankie

Dixie Ione Goodrich-Rynearson

Dixie Ione Goodrich-Rynearson went to be with Jim on April 21, 2013. She was born March 5, 1922 in Nelson Nebraska to Richard C. Goodrich and Lillian Lines-Goodrich.

Dixie spent her early childhood in Nelson Nebraska, later moving to Portland Oregon. Dixie spent her teens in Stevenson, Washington where she graduated from Stevenson High School in 1941. During her high school years she met a young man who would share her life for the next 60 plus years.

Dixie and Jim Rynearson were married in the garden of Jim’s parents home in Stevenson Washington on May 11, 1944, just prior to Jim’s army deployment. The newly married couple left Washington for Fort Hood, Texas where they lived while Jim completed his military training.

When Jim was posted to the European Theater of Operations, Dixie moved back to Stevenson where she worked for the remainder of the war. When Jim returned home they moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Jim completed his college education in forestry in 1948 at Oregon State College while Dixie attended Linfield.

After college they moved to Arcata, California where Jim worked in the timber industry and Dixie became a stay at home mom with two sons, Mark in 1949 and Gary in 1954.

Dixie and Jim resided in Arcata for 23 years before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia and then on to Willow Creek, California before settling in Sitka, Alaska for the next 20 years.

Living in Sitka, Dixie decided she needed a challenge in her life and became a gift shop owner who specialized in Alaskan Indian and Eskimo art. Dixie was renowned throughout Alaska for her knowledge of Indian and Eskimo art. Baranof Indian and Eskimo Art was a must see tourist attraction in Sitka for over 14 years.

Her shop allowed her to travel the outlands of Alaska and meet the many men and woman who made the Native arts she sold. Her insight from meeting these people made her one of the foremost authorities on Alaska art and the people who made it. Many a native Alaskan child was able to attend school in Sitka by selling Dixie his or her art. She always has said that this was a very special part of her life.

After retirement in 1988 Jim and Dixie moved to McKinleyville, California were they built a new home to be close their children and grandchildren. Dixie was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, a member of Soroptimist International, Crippled Children’s Society of Alaska, Red Cross Aid to Military Families of Alaska, Advisory board of Sheldon Jackson College, Advisory board RSVP and longtime member of PEO.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Richard and Lillian, sister Doris Clemens, nephews, Richard and Bob Clemens and great-grandson Drake Crone.

She leaves son Mark and wife Linda, son Gary, grandchildren, Sara Alto and husband Kevin, Beth Crone and husband Greg, Katherine Rynearson, Jennifer Rynearson, great-grandchildren Hannah and Connor Alto and Marisa and Bode Crone, niece Cortney Helikson and husband Wayne.

She also leaves many cousins and friends in Washington, Nebraska and California, good friends of many years in Arcata, Alaska, British Columbia, Willow Creek and many new friends in McKinleyville.

Everyone we’ve loved is a gift to be treasured, a loss to be mourned, and a part of our hearts forever. Thank you mom for being part of our lives. The Family would like to thank the staff of Timber Ridge of McKinleyville and Hospice of Humboldt for the dedication and professionalism given in Dixie’s care. A date will be set for a memorial service to be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of Humboldt or a charity of your choice .


Paul Thomas Frankie 

Paul Thomas Frankie, 66, of Fieldbrook passed away Saturday, April 6. H

e was born to the late Oren and Chellis Frankie Aug. 1, 1946 in Eureka, Calif.

Paul graduated from McKinleyville High School in 1964 and received a certificate for Construction Technology at College of the Redwoods. He was married to Charlotte Frankie on Oct. 12, 1974.

Paul began working for local lumber companies at age 16 –  Georgia Pacific and Louisiana Pacific; at which he worked for many years. He later moved on to Hensel’s Hardware in Arcata and Remi-Vista of Eureka.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman, an authority in the ways of the woods, and advisor about the creatures therein. He was a lover of people, a counselor to his fellow man. A dreamer and creator, he was a man of many words and few quarrels. He had an open home to many, and was a man of faith and a lover of Jesus.

Paul is survived by his wife: Charlotte Frankie of Fieldbrook, his two children: Billy Frankie of Hollywood, and Craig Frankie of Redding;  his brother,Carson Frankie of Dayton, Wash.; cousins Paula Edmonds of Crockett, Calif., Mille Breckenridge of Tulsa, Okla., , Dan Wahlund of Eureka, Calif., along with other cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and spreading of Paul’s ashes is to be held at the Frankie’s Cabin in the summer, date to be announced.